Places I don’t want to run

Picture 12737 2 300x200 Places I dont want to run

Team “Cold Circle” running a New Year’s Eve run in Finland.

Right about now, I’m getting a little stir crazy for a run–crazy enough that I can convince myself I’d almost be happy on a treadmill. Or in a parking garage. Whatever it takes…but I’m not ready yet.

So to help keep my yearning in check, I made a list of places or events I’d rather just skip. Some are just out of this chicken’s comfort zone. Others involve copious amounts of food shoveled in short stints of time. Some just aren’t a good fit. Even though I’m usually a never say never kind of person, I think my list below is pretty much a sure bet:

  • Running in shorts and without a shirt in Finland in the middle of winter. Mr. Zippy’s company is based in Finland, and he first learned of this hearty group of runners several years back. A Finnish running friend confirmed the rumor for me–these guys go through the entire stretch of Arctic winter running outdoors in little more than shorts. Makes you kind of feel wimpy for choosing the treadmill on cold days, no?
  • The hot dog or doughnut or beer downing run–there are several of these out there and I just have to say, they hold no appeal for me. I like to run on an empty stomach for the most part, so the thought of running x number of miles, shoving hot dogs down my throat and then trying to run some more just does nothing for me. Nor does puking, which is what would surely happen to me if I tried!
  • That whole running with donkeys, or is it burros (what’s the difference?) race. I’m sure that in my case, it would somehow lead to an injury.
  • Running a Disney race–I know, I know. Legions of you love these races and more power to you. Wearing tutus and tiaras, or costumes, and hugging characters along the way will just never be my thing.
  • Pamplona’s Running of the Bulls–Perhaps not in the classification of a real run, but…Hemmingway made it sound romantic. These legs, heavily laden with slow twitch muscles, would have no business trying to sprint from angry bulls.

Other than that, I’m pretty open to a wide variety of running experiences. I wouldn’t even cross running in Antarctica or Badwater off for certain, although I despise extreme cold and extreme heat. The beauty of it is, running can take us anywhere.

What runs are you certain you’ll never do?

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  1. If you had run last night with us you would have wanted to take your shirt off… it was still over 30*C at 18h00, and the program called for 2 x 5km hard… it was hot and the sweat was dripping…

    Next post, favourite place to run…?
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  2. This is great! Any run that involves a Polar Plunge afterwards, you won’t see me at. No thanks!
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  3. I love the list and I have to agree with you. What are those Finnish guys thinking?? I hate extreme cold and heat too. Eating hot dogs while running…gross.
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  4. Bad water! Now you just gotta do several 100milers to qualify.
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  5. Pretty sure I’ll never do any run longer than 26.2.
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  6. um yes, i would agree. Although my husband has done the beer mile in Hawaii. I would die, like really die –> death by gluten. LOL!
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  7. The older I get the less I want to go to a running event with thousands of other runners. I am getting worse and worse about just enjoying the experience of the race, something with that many people, becomes more of an event and looses something for me. I have a feeling that most of my focus will be on smaller local races around where I live or wherever I am visiting.

    But I agree running in just short in the winter-time, does not interest me at all.
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  8. I am SO with you on Disney!! I have toddlers and I still don’ t get it? It just looks like a ton of work in a weird costume.
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  9. Yes! I won’t pay an extra $50 for a crowded half marathon where you -squeee!- run with Disney characters. I think it’s just a system to sell more stuff (more souvenirs, more races with combination medals, personalized junk), and of course I’m cheap. And then I’m in fear and awe of those who can down 6 donuts in 6 miles. Not my thing. However, I’ve been voluntold that I’ll be helping with the barathon this spring – 6 beers during a 10k. It’s the original gimmick run, since the ’80s. I’d rather volunteer than participate. I’m sure I’d de of alcohol poisoning.
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  10. I love this!! So many people have must run bucket lists; nice to see must not runs too!

    I ran WDW half a few years ago; I have to agree with you that it is so overrated. And the whole costume thing, which wasn’t a thing when I ran it, is OUT OF CONTROL. I’m not a tutu wearing kind of gal.

    I would add an ultra to this list…I have no desire to run that far. My favorite distance is a half…I can go all out and enjoy the ride on those. The full was a must do, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as any of my halfs. So there’s that too….

  11. What about a naked run? Would you run without clothes? Not me!
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  12. I haven’t even heard of half of those! The Finland guys definitely put me to shame… but I’m okay with it. :)
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  13. This is great. No desire AT ALL to run a Disney race. Also won’t do a color run either. I get that they’re fun but part of the fun, at least for me, is the serious aspect of racing and challenging myself. The gimmicks are a great way to get non-runners interested in racing though.

  14. Any RnR Race – I am not made of money and medals and music are not requirements for me to do a race. I’m with you on food and drink runs. First, my stomach won’t tolerate it, and second, how do you celebrate post race when you are already gorged and/or drunk?
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  15. Great post! I will never do any race that involves electric shocks. Other than that..almost never say never for me.

  16. Fun – I don’t think I’ll ever do one of those warrior dashes or anything like the dopey challenge. My body hurts thinking about that.

  17. They also have those speedo runs here in Toronto. In the cold of winter, people running in speedos/bikinis…not for me, for a whole bunch of reasons lol
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  18. I’m pretty open to any sort of race, though I prefer smaller trail runs over all.
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  19. I’m with you on Disney simply bc of two things: it looks like pure chaos and I can’t stomach how expensive the races are. Other than that, anything is fair game!
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  20. I will never do a race that involves eating. Gross.
    I will never do a race that involves me to run naked.

    :) Loved this!
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  21. I would separate what I would do for ‘fun’ (in other words, with someone else) compared to what I would set as my own goal.

    I personally have no interest in muddy, color, or other ‘fun runs’.

    Definitely no interest in an eating/drinking run. Though listening to Bart Yasso talk about the wine tasting marathon … I could see doing that with my brother if he is ever able to run a marathon again.

    And when I read about ‘waiting miles for the crowd to thin out’ I am instantly turned off on a race. Again, with friends, sure – but not as a ‘for me’ thing.

    And since I was out last week in -20F temps … I might just be stupid enough to do one of those frozen runs! :)
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  22. Oh my goodness. Love this. I do want to run Disney though :)
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  23. No Disney races for me either. And donuts (and other goodies) should be saved for AFTER the race, not during! And add my name to the tally of people who will NOT be joining a garment-free run!
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  24. I just don’t understand those donut type runs. How can you eat that and then go run? I do have a very sensitive stomach so these races might be fun for some but not me;) No bulls and no super cold weather for me either. I have to admit a Disney race sounds fun but I have never done one:)
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  25. Love this – I”m with you – no running that involves eating and drinking (other than water) and then more running!!
    And, I’m so glad that I’m not the only person with absolutely zero desire to do a Disney race!! I’ve enjoyed reading all the recaps but it really isn’t my thing.
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  26. Love this- and although I like the rundisney races- I understand how you feel. Honestly, I see those events less as races as a destination experience.
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  27. I’d have to agree on the food / beer runs, sounds awful. As well as colour runs (dye and corn starch in my lungs? no thanks..) and definitely Badwater – it seems tantamount to self abuse.

  28. Ooof! Many of those would be definite no nos for me! The only one I think I want to do someday is the Disney races, I would love to do them one day with my kids….when I have some that is :) I agree 100% with all those eating ones, yuck! I know one of the track teams up in the Northeast does an Eggnog challenge….400m….glass of eggnog…400m….glass of eggnog! Last one to throw up wins! No thank you!!!!!
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  29. Great list. I’m also not into all the new themed runs that seem to be all over – mud runs, color runs, glow in the dark runs. They just don’t hold much appeal to me. Although neither do the Rock n Roll races, yet some friends talked me into running the half in Phoenix this weekend! The things I’ll do for friends and to get a run in…
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  30. Ha- these are funny! I’ve seen something like the Finland run where they go barefoot in the middle of winter on snow! No thank you!
    I’m not into colour runs, obstacle runs, tough mudders either. I don’t want to risk getting injured throwing myself over barriers!
    On the otherhand, I ran Disneyworld a few years ago and had a blast. I didn’t dress up or stop for photos with characters, but I had a hoot running through the theme parks before people were in them!
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  31. I always say I want to do a Disney Race but the whole getting to the start line at 4AM or whatever drama keeps being unappealing. Also, I’d have to have it confirmed … CONFIRMED … that Flynn Rider is there at the Finish Line. Mickey’s not going to do it for me at that point. :) hahaha
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  32. I’m not a runner (can I still be here on your blog?), but if I were, I’d want to just run. Those Tough Mudder races where you climb walls and crawl under fire – I just don’t see the appeal. If I want to hurt myself I can think of plenty of ways to do it without paying an entrance fee.
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  33. I’m totally with you on most of these: couldn’t care less about Disney, no eating/drinking until after, I did the mud thing and probably won’t again. BUT the one that is near the top of my bucket list is a donkey race or ride & tie. I rode horses for so long I think I could really spank a race like that.
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  34. I’m with you and Marcia on the tutus and characters things. Maybe I’m old fashioned but I would rather just run.

    I did one of those color runs and it was fun but I’m just not sure it was a good fit either. I don’t like those beer runs either. The thought of drinking beer during or after a race makes me want to vomit. :)
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  35. Ugh, the beer downing ones are the worst. The LAST thing I would want to do before, during, or after a run is guzzle a beer! ;-)
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    Sparkle me, momma!!!!! Give me a sparkly skirt and some nuun and a shiny medal AND I WILL RUN IT! After I get my new hip that is ;-) honestly, I will probably never run a race over 5k again…if I’m lucky enough to do that. You people are so fucking PICKY!

  37. Running with bulls- technically women aren’t allowed. You should take that off your no list just to say screw you to sexist traditions :)

  38. Oh gosh. All of these sounds kind of horrible to me too!
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  39. Sorry you’re getting antsy!!!
    I have to say that I’m tempted to do the Dumbo Challenge (or whatever it’s called) just for the sheer insanity that it involves. That said, I’d be the lame-sauce runner with no tu-tu who barely waved to the characters.

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  40. Burro racing is VERY big out here in Colorado, especially in the gold mining towns like Leadville and Fairplay. A good friend is really into it; it’s cool to listen to him talk about it…but nothing I ever want to do.

    I have no interest in doing any of those Warrior Dashes or Color Runs. Honestly, I don’t even want to run a road race again. Ha.
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  41. We would make a perfect running team! I don’t think I would ever do any of those either. I’m always in awe of the “food” or “beer” runs. At the end of the Vermont Marathon years ago, a group of spectators were handing out little plastic cups of beer at like the 24 mile mark. I almost puked just *thinking* about drinking it. Now – 2 hours post race? I’m definitely up for that kind of carb loading :-)
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  42. I’m open to many options but will skip the bulls for sure! Some desert runs also doesn’t appeal to me although there are some I’d love to do. I will run in extreme cold any day. I will also skip most big city marathons. I don’t like the crowds at all.
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  43. Now you’ve got me thinking. I may need a “running with the bulls” escape. That’s much less stressful than dealing with the banshee-children after work. I’m certain I can book a plane ticket before quitting time today. Airport is only 25 mins from my job.
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  44. :) Nothing beyond my normal workouts for now.. :)

  45. See, here’s the thing. I already enjoy running. I don’t need mud, coloured cornstarch, electric shocks, tutus or beer to enjoy a run. I am hugely clumsy and don’t like broken bones, so I don’t do obstacle-course runs. But I will run any of these with friends as a social experience, provided they aren’t too overpriced!
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